How to prepare for your next interview

IT recruiters never stop thinking about the interview process. We are here to help you get the most out of your interviews. Whether you have had good or bad experiences with interviews before, you will realise that you can gain valuable insights into them to perfectly prepare you for your next one. Ultimate, getting you your dream IT job.

As IT recruiters, we have realised that there are 4 key bits of research that you need to do before you head to your interview.

Here are 4 simple tips on how to prepare for your next IT job interview.

01 Always research the company

As recruiters, we put all of our efforts into getting you to the right opportunity, and researching the company is where your hard work begins. Researching the company will be on your radar, but here are some ideas as to what will make you stand out and what to look out for in your research.

Going back to basics is always a good starting point. Researching about the company, such as the founders, special dates, the story behind it, their products and/or services. Even if this may seem obvious, or you know the company very well, this will help as a big of a refresher. A way to make an impression is to do your research on any news that the business has been involved with recently, or at any point which you think are particularly important. You can easily find this through going onto Google and typing their name, followed by “news”, for example: “Speech Inspired news”.

Lastly, make sure you understand the business well - you want to make it seem that you have researched that business and you want to be involved in that sector. You don't want to make it seem that you are willing to take on any random job.

02 Use your intel

Use the information that you and your recruiter have gathered to ask your questions in your interview. There will always be a space in the interview for you to ask your questions. This not only for you to find out more about your possible employer, but if you didn’t get the chance to show your interviewer how much you know about the business, this is the perfect time to do so! You can take different angles to asking your questions. For example, you can be very specific, you can point out that you know they have implemented a new regulation, and you can ask how it’s going. Or rather, how do they personally feel about a particular award the company received, and what it meant to the company.

It’s time to get creative with these!

03 Experience the company for yourself

There is nothing better than getting first hand experience in something that you wish to go into. Although it may not be feasible for everyone, if it is within you reach, it is definitely worth it. You can speak with a lot more passion when you have experienced something first hand.

If the company has a physical store, it is worth going to visit. Look at the way in which they portray themselves, their customer service, and how they are seen in the public eye. Try to understand the purpose of their actions, and you will well be on your way to landing that job.

There are various ways that you can experience the business that can have a great impact on your understanding of it. If the business doesn’t have a physical store, you can similarly visit their website, and make note of all of these things. Plus here is one of our greatest tips: call up their technical, market, or sales department, and get them to pitch you themselves for their products or services, or simply get them to tell you about the business.

04 research your interviewer

Researching your interviewer may seem like the most 21st century thing to do, but it is worth doing in preparation for an interview. The age of technology has allowed this to be very simple by bringing in social media such as LinkedIn and company profiles.

It is a good idea to look through their work and education history, perhaps even their hobbies and try to find some common ground with your interviewer. This will help in a multitude of ways:

  1. You will be put at ease by humanising the interviewer instead of looking at them as a the face of a company
  2. It will help you make easier conversation.
  3. Do you have similar education or work backgrounds? You can directly apply your interviewer’s experiences to your own, and mention that you admire their career development, through which you are able to demonstrate your keenness for the role as well as putting your interviewer in a good light.

Follow these 4 tips for your next IT job interview and you will see a rise in your confidence and in the quality of the interview. If you want to be extra prepared for your next interview make sure you check out our advice section and see what may apply to you. You can take a look at the full list of opportunities on our job listings, or contact us directly to see how we can help you.